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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 16, 2012 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Team Fillmore East

One last question LIA.
We see Bob and Jerry performing alone on 2/14/70 with this amounting to the Dead's acoustic set for the evening. And we see almost the whole band onstage during the Festival Express version of 'Don't Ease.'
Is it safe to say there was a distinct evolution of band members who participated onstage over time in these acoustic sets (B & J in the beginning, and then at some point they switched to a basically whole band approach).... or on any given night was it left to whoever felt like joining Jerry and Bob for these tunes?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 16, 2012 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Team Fillmore East

Yes, there was an evolution. It started out just Bob & Jerry in the beginning, then by April they added Phil and Bill for the acoustic sets. (I think Bill was always the only drummer in the acoustic set, since Mickey played in the NRPS set - if you look at that Don't Ease, Mickey's drums aren't even set up.)

It was very rare for Pigpen to play harmonica in the acoustic sets, like we saw in Festival Express. Wish we had more from that show!
I think it was also rare for them to be standing up in the acoustic set...probably just because that was an outdoor gig; but in other acoustic-set photos I've seen, they're seated.